This is the first of four units in the BED (Primary) program that prepare students to teach the Science and Technology K-6 curriculum area. This unit of study provides students with a background in science and children's understanding of science in the areas of The Natural Environment (Living Things, Ways things move, and environmental changes) and the Made Environment (properties of material objects, purpose of products, places and spaces). A neuroconstructivist approach is adopted to understand the way children (and adults) develop science conceptions including alternative conceptions. This will involve students reflecting on and enhancing their own scientific understanding. Educational research into children's development of science understanding and dispositions towards Science and Technology practices is introduced. Commencing with the earliest year of school this unit examines pedagogy and learning experiences appropriate for young children's learning of Science and Technology. While the unit focuses on learning through experiential tasks with familiar objects, it also emphasises development of conceptual understanding and skills in working scientifically and technologically.
2x1-hr lecture/wk for 6 wks and 1x2hr workshop/wk for 12 wks
2000wd mini research project (30%) and 1000 wd presentation (20%) and examination (50%)